Premier League: Maddison stunner sink Tottenham
James Maddison scored a late stunner to help Leicester City come from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur in an incident packed encounter at the King Power Stadium.
Maddison who found the net for the first time in the league this season drilled a superb low effort into the far corner from distance to lift Brendan Rodgers’ side back into the top four of the Premier League at the visitors’ expense.
Ricardo Pereira had put the Foxes back on level terms, moments after Spurs had been denied a second goal when Serge Aurier’s low drive was disallowed for a marginal offside call against Son Heung-min.
James Maddison's game by numbers vs. Spurs:
100% take-ons completed
3 fouls won
2 shots on target
2 chances created
1 match-winning goal
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Harry Kane’s fourth league goal of the season had given Spurs the lead in the first half, the England striker slotting Son’s clever flick beyond Kasper Schmeichel despite being knocked off balance by Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu.
“If we score the second the game is over,” Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “It gives belief to a team that could have been dead.
“It is true to concede two goals every game makes it difficult to win”
There was a reshuffle in the Spurs ranks for their trip north, with Hugo Lloris absent from squad after his wife had given birth to their third child, and Dele Alli was also absent.
As a result of the changes, Spurs looked sluggish from the off, with Harvey Barnes going close in the first minute.
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— Leicester City (@LCFC) September 21, 2019
Gazzaniga then spilled an effort from Youri Tielemans an Ndidi pounced, wheeled away to celebrate, but the referee, after a short delay, gave an offside to deny the hosts.
“It was a wonderful performance. I thought the players were outstanding. We started the game with a great tempo, which sets the emotion in the stadium.” Leicester coach Brenden Rodgers told BBC post match.
“It was just a case of preparing the players mentally for the second half. We had to adapt the system at half-time. The players deserve huge credit. The quality we showed was top-class against an outstanding team.”
13 – Since the start of last season, Harry Kane has scored 13 Premier League away goals, more than any other player in this period. Improvised. pic.twitter.com/7MDcMCce8a
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“Some of the offside decisions – it’s fine margins. Whatever the decision, you have to adapt and keep your focus on the game. The players did that very well.”
Leicester travel to Luton Town in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, 24 September while Spurs visit Colchester United on same day.